Clean Air Plan consultation

Greater Manchester needs to take action to improve air quality now and for future generations. Air pollution is linked to a range of very serious health conditions and contributes to early deaths.

Government has directed us to introduce a Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone. It will bring harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) levels on local roads within legal limits in as short a time as possible. We’re also asking for more than £150m government funding support to encourage local businesses to upgrade to cleaner vehicles.

We have listened to residents and businesses while developing the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan. We are now consulting on key elements of the proposals, including the proposed Clean Air Zone boundary, daily charges for non-compliant vehicles, discounts and exemptions, and support funding.

Please read more about the proposals and take part in the consultation between Thursday 8 October and 23:59hrs Thursday 3 December 2020.

Take part in the consultation

Anyone can take part in the consultation. Please share your views on the proposals to make our air cleaner and healthier for everyone. You can:

  • Fill out the questionnaire. This document provides a step by step guide on how you can use the Read Out Loud feature – a Text-to-Speech tool for PDFs – for the consultation document.
  • Email your feedback to
  • Give your feedback by phone on 0161 244 1100 (you will be forwarded through to our independent research organisation AECOM to submit your response)
  • Write/send a completed questionnaire to Freepost RUBS-XRAT-GLBK, AECOM, 1 New York Street, MANCHESTER, M1 4HD.

Support for non-English speakers

For support, to respond to the consultation or to request hard copies of the consultation document and questionnaire please email or phone 0161 244 1100.

Support for non-English speakers is available on 0161 244 1100.


Talk to us

Due to government guidance around social distancing, and with public gatherings being limited, we’ve created a virtual engagement space which is open 24 hours a day during the consultation.

The virtual engagement area includes all the consultation materials and we’ll be running online drop-in sessions where you can ask questions about the proposals from your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Online sessions

Online sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams and you can sign up on the links below.

Drop in sessions

We are also be running live chat drop in sessions where anyone can ask questions about the proposals:

  • Friday 27 November: 10am-4pm
  • Monday 30 November: 10am-1pm
  • Monday 30 November: 3-6pm
  • Tuesday 1 December: 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday 2 December: 10am-4pm

Website updates

25 November 2020: GM Clean Air Zone and Clean Air Plan proposals animations updated.

16 November 2020: 'Try Before You Buy' - Hackney Electric Vehicle Scheme factsheet added to 'Resources' page.

13 November 2020: New live chat times added to the drop in sessions section.

5 November 2020: New live chat times added to the drop in sessions section.

21 October 2020: New live chat times added to the drop in sessions section.

14 October 2020: British Sign Language versions of animations added to site.

14 October 2020: Minor alteration to wording within online questionnaire. HGV Leisure Vehicle (e.g. horsebox >3.5t)’ has been changed to ‘Leisure Vehicle over 3.5 tonnes (e.g. horsebox >3.5t)’.

13 October 2020: Link to screen-reader version added to online questionnaire.

9 October 2020: Minor formatting changes to several technical documents.

8 October 2020: Minor change to 'online sessions' section of Consultation page.

8 October 2020: Consultation and Clean Air Zone pages live.